The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1980, ©1979
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345391803
0345391802
9780517542095
0517542099
0802409745
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 20 cm

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.


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VickyP_KCMO Aug 04, 2017

Absolutely my favorite book of all time!
I remember listening to this as a child and imagining all the wonderful places and strange people you'd meet while traveling the galaxy. This is a highly entertaining and funny book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with any sense of humor and ability to laugh.

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Nymeria23
Jun 19, 2017

Very goofy and silly, it was a really fun read for having the Earth blow up in the first couple chapters. I have no idea where the series is going but I'm excited to see where it leads.

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Tabaqui
Apr 12, 2017

Well, I've always heard that this book is unique. It definitely lives up to that. I would be able to say more about it if I'd actually understood more than half of it, but I guess I'll have to review the parts I mostly comprehended. :) First of all, my favorite parts were the wacky escapades and the ridiculous humor. Where else can you get the line, "I demand that I am Vroomfrondel!" The most famous part is probably the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Things make a lot more sense now . . .
The only caveat: some language. Hilarious!!

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Ryan_Campbell
Feb 25, 2017

Is the content based on the original book or the movie?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 16, 2017

Okay, here’s the thing about Hitchhiker’s Guide - I read it twice, and only the second time did I actually understand how hilarious it was. You really need to be in the right space when you read it, but if you are, it’s a marvelous work of satire and an intriguing story with a unique message about Earth and human culture. It’s also a very complex and individual writing style, and I realized the 2nd time I read it how much went over my head the first time. It’s one of the most peculiar, almost whimsical books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this as a great read and so much fun!
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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SashaE
Oct 20, 2016

Classic funny read. I laughed a LOT reading this.

Very Sci-Fi and humorus and I liked it!

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aleibarra
Sep 15, 2016

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the best example I can think of for books that you fall in the "love it or hate it" category. Sadly, for me, it was the latter.
I read it for a monthly book club, and I was excited about the choice since I'd hear so much about it. Considering myself as pop-culture savvy, I knew I was lacking not having read this one. And thus, I embarked on it.
It is unlike me to take 30 days to read a book, specially a 190-page short novel. Alas, I finished it on the bus ride to the meeting and mainly because I had to. The absurdity of the line to line made it impossible for me to continue reading after a couple of pages. More often than not, I found that I was reading again the same chapter I had read last night; it was so incongruent. There was nothing to grab on, no relatable characters (it's a trip around the galaxy, expect all sorts of life forms), nor plot (actually, they may have been one, but I just couldn't keep track of it under the thick layer of nonsense). Granted, among the absurdity, there was some beautiful prose (like the whale's meditation) and quotable pearls every now and then.
I can see this book's relevance to its own time, and its influence on all sorts of recent stories. But to be introduced to it in 2016, I fear our times have made me too much of a cynical to give this one a fair shot.
PS: On the book club I learned that this book was originally released as a radio comedy series, and that its author was one of the Monthy Python crew. This explains a lot of the complains I had about the Guide, and to had read it knowing that would probably have changed my perception of it. Still, I don't think I'll give it a second chance.

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kisanet18
Aug 11, 2016

I enjoyed the wittiness of the novel and the author himself. The ideas he incorporated in the novel are vital for the readers to understand. It may be a humor novel, but it's more than that as a whole. The characters are funny and well-developed. The main ones managed to make me laugh. Ford reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, and Arthur as Leonard Hofstadter. This is like a classic Big Bang theory episode, or maybe The Big Bang theory is a modern Hitchhiker. The plot is not that complex, but it is interesting.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

A comedy tale (considered classic science fiction) about the events that follow two humans who have escaped the destruction of Earth, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a very famous book that is written with masterful satire. The book goes into immense detail about how all of the scientific fictional elements of the author’s world work. It also raises and juggles many very important philosophical, moral, and scientific questions and ideas, but all done in a relatively comedic fashion with little to no seriousness. For those who are concerned, character development is not one of the key aspects of this book, and those looking for well-drawn out details about each character through testing and intense situations will be relatively disappointed with the very quick ideas that come pounding one after another. Personally, I did not enjoy reading it as much, but there are very many people out there that enjoy the book for all of the reasons above. Thus, the book should be reasonably rated 4/5, and most likely higher, for its satirical/blunt humor, its ingenious adventures told through a story with its own personality, and an enjoyable read.
- @interneuron of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Kittyluv135
Jul 06, 2016

Filled with clever and quippy humor, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a perfect mixture between science fiction and absurdist comedy.

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Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."

"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"

"The mice will see you now."

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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xzhang17
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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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xzhang17
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“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

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“Don't Panic.”

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dogskids
May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.

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